Anime Frontier Powered By Crunchyroll, the North Texas Japanese pop culture festival from the creators of Anime NYC, has announced its return to the Lone Star State, taking place December 2-4, 2022 at the Fort Worth Convention Center; tickets on sale now. The festival is a three-day celebration of anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture created with close ties to the creators and companies at the center – bringing North Texas audiences unprecedented Japanese cultural experiences rarely seen in the United States.

In its inaugural year, the 2021 festival attracted more than 13,000 enthusiastic fans from across the Southwest region by producing a top-notch event welcoming over 20 celebrity guests, exhibitions from internationally recognized Japanese entertainment publishers, major musical performances, and anime screening debuts. This year, the con is planning for expansion, including the arrival of 20,000 passionate attendees – nearly doubling 2021’s attendance – and welcoming showstopper musical guests from Japan. The success of Anime Frontier is due to its fervent commitment to bringing Texas fans an action-packed weekend unlike any other available in the state, including regional performances and activations previously only available in New York, Los Angeles, or Asia.

Anime Frontier 2022 will welcome Japanese rock band FLOW in their first U.S. show post-pandemic (VIP tickets are already sold out); fan-favorite voice actors like Adam McArthur and Zach Aguilar; and an exclusive performance by globally-beloved Japanese singer Yoko Takahashi. Takahashi is most known for singing the theme song to Hideaki Anno’s genre-defining anime saga, Neon Genesis Evangelion (often considered one of the top ten anime of all time). Anime Frontier will be the Japanese singer’s only US performance this year, with an upcoming show in Spain; this is her first performance in the country since 2015. This exceptional performance is perfectly timed as the final Evangelion film will premiere in the United States a week after the con.

When asked about the 2022 Anime Frontier Experience, Anime Frontier Show Director Peter Tatara said, “This year, we’re going even bigger – holding true to our promise of connecting Texas fans with Japanese pop culture like never before! Guests can expect even more Japanese publishers, artists, and talent that have yet to visit Texas. We couldn’t be more proud to bring exclusive performances like FLOW and the exceptional Yoko Takahashi to the con. We know Dallas-Fort Worth fans are hungry for these experiences, and we’re thrilled to create these long-lasting memories for our attendees at this year’s Anime Frontier.”

Anime Frontier’s title sponsor is the anime streaming platform Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll is the world’s most popular anime brand, connecting a community of over 120 million registered users and five million subscribers. Fans can expect exciting special features from Crunchyroll and other key brands in the anime and manga space rarely glimpsed in the state.

The Anime Frontier Experience:

  • Massive Expo Floor featuring 100+ anime companies, publishers, and more — Everything is bigger in Texas, and Anime Frontier is no different. This year, the con will accommodate even more exhibitor and publisher booths than the previous year. Fans can purchase anime goods and immerse themselves in unique activations directly from industry leaders and creators, including one of the most popular anime series in the world. More details coming soon. Onsite publishers will include:
    • Bandai Namco
    • GKIDS
    • Bushiroad (first time ever in Texas)
    • And more
  • Meet Your Heroes — Anime fans can meet their favorite celebrity guests in person, snap pictures, and purchase autographs for their collection. This unique opportunity will allow fans to spend a few moments with the English voices from their favorite anime shows, including:
    • Johnny Yong Bosch (Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach)
    • Zach Aguilar (Tanjiro from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
    • Bryce Papenbrook (Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan)
    • Suzie Yeung (Makima from Chainsaw Man)
    • Anne Yatco (Nobara Kugisaki from Jujutsu Kaisen)
    • And many more
  • Artist Alley with 100+ Fan Artists — Adjacent to the Expo floor, event attendees can enjoy fan art from featured nationally recognized artists, including a select few favorites from North Texas. Anime Frontier carefully selects each artist, ensuring a curated experience for attendees. Event-goers will have the opportunity to take home incredible, artisanal, one-of-a-kind creations.
  • Exciting Panels with Actors, Publishers, Premieres, and More — Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to Q&A sessions with celebrities; experience publisher panels revealing what’s next in the world of anime and manga; and screenings, including never before seen trailers, new artwork, and anime films never before shown in Texas.
  • Anime Frontier Masquerade — On December 5, 2022 cosplay takes over the Main Stage with Anime Frontier’s Masquerade. Cosplayers will compete for the chance to win prizes for craftsmanship, showmanship, and of course, fame, honor, and glory.
  • Premiere Screenings – The con will host exclusive anime premieres at the con. More details to follow.
  • Fans Will also Experience an Itasha car showcase, video game tournaments, Japanese pachinko, J-Pop DJs, and so much more.

Anime Frontier admission badges and concert tickets are available now at AnimeFrontier.com. Fans looking to learn more can sign up for the Anime Frontier newsletter and follow the event on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Anime Frontier is from the makers of Anime NYC. The second largest anime convention in the USA, Anime NYC brings over 50,000 fans together each November in New York City.

ANIME FRONTIER AT-A-GLANCE

COVID DETAILS:
All Anime Frontier participants who are six years old or older must show a negative COVID-19 test result to attend. Attendees vaccinated may show proof of COVID-19 vaccination instead of proof of a negative test. However, vaccination is not required to attend the event. Mouth coverings must be worn by all attendees two years old or older when inside Anime Frontier’s exhibition halls and panel rooms. For more information visit: https://animefrontier.com/coronavirus/

DETAILS:

December 2-4, 2022
Fort Worth Convention Center
1201 Houston St Fort Worth, TX 76102

Friday: 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. CST
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. CST
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. CST
Panels run until 10:00 p.m. CST on Friday and Saturday

TICKETS:

Three-Day Tickets – $55
Friday Ticket – $40
Saturday Ticket – $45
Sunday Ticket – $40
Kids – $15
All Tickets Available at: animefrontier.com/tickets/